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Technical To drill or not to drill.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by reekie6, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. reekie6
    Joined: Apr 10, 2011
    Posts: 60


    Drilled vs. non drilled 32 ford axle. Any performance differences? Thanks
  2. chop job
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 478

    chop job
    from Wisconsin

    Drilled , better air flow.
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  3. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 2,598


    Ya...I mean 1 pound less will really get ya down the road. Until you're scratching for .0001...pretty sure it's for looks:)
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  4. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,944


    Non drilled, much stronger, what is your life worth?
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  5. Put black dots on it, nobody will know....
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  6. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 2,598


    Silver see through paint...naw...would add weight...slow him down. Never mind.
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  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,941


    Any time you have to ask the opinions of others because you are undecided the answer is NO. This time no holes.
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  8. Depends on the style of car really, just stick some quarters on there where you think you may want a hole then walk away from it for about 30ft, do an about face and if it hits you then do it, if first impression is nope then don't do it.
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  9. I suppose it all depends on what look you're going for.........
  10. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,016

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Them's a lotta holes!!
  11. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,666

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    Mr48Chevy (above) has the right idea..!

  12. bangerbob
    Joined: Jul 2, 2014
    Posts: 138


  13. reekie6
    Joined: Apr 10, 2011
    Posts: 60


    Wow tough crowd. I have no intention myself to drill an axle. The question was asked on another forum what the best axle for a model A build was. A 4” dropped drilled or non drilled. I replied my favorite was a 32 heavy with no hole. And also said drilled axles flex more then a solid axle. I was then told their is no difference between drilled and non drilled. But the looks and a little lighter. So figured I’d ask this forum what they thought. And wow guys did you forget why you come to these forums?? To get away from the day to day stresses. Not add to them. I’m almost sorry I asked.
  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,123


    Hot rods are about going fast and looking good.
    If it looks good, do it!
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  15. Mongoose III
    Joined: Aug 11, 2019
    Posts: 2

    Mongoose III

    Holes, but keep then a hole diameter apart and you still have a strong enough axel.
  16. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 549


    Holes is the only way to go. Screams hot rod.

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  17. You're in the wrong place if you didn't want the truth, no body said anything to cause you stress, you ask a question and the people answered. No harm no foul . BigO
  18. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,007


    Prefer the no hole myself. Seems like it would compromise the strength of the axle. Just my opinion though.
  19. reekie6
    Joined: Apr 10, 2011
    Posts: 60


    I am all about the Truth. I have no stress seems the people answering me were stressed though. Calm down let’s have fun.
  20. BigO, is plain spoken and calls them as he see's them, ask a question and the answers will be varied on the hamb ,no one is stressed just matter of fact.

    I think it depends on the build, Rocky's coupe is a ideal example of a car that looks just right with a drilled axle, it's a hiboy, it's chopped and it screams HOT ROD, on the other hand my old beater is a full fendered old car and with the front splash apron the axle is not a focal point, so it would be a moot point to drill my axle. HRP
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
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  21. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,166


    In Texas, we always say "drill."
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  22. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,592

    The Shift Wizard

    My standard answer:
    If you're not sure which way to go, only drill halfway, then stand back and cover one eye, then.................
  23. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,919

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    ^^^^ There's your answer. Read the replies, look at pics and go with your gut. It's really an aesthetic deal. Unless you drill all the holes so close together that it essentially becomes a long "slot" where fracturing could occur between the holes.
    Also, don't let the sarcasm here get you. There's a lot of (mostly) good natured joking around here that comes with a plethora of knowledge. Thick skin helps.
  24. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 650


    No holes, looks shot up to me...

    Some guys just like to jag around, growing up in my old neighbor hood (Lawrenceville Pittsburgh) that's all we did, don't take it so serious... Dude there is NO other place on this internet that has the kind of automotive talent that's on this board..
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
  25. buick bill
    Joined: Dec 18, 2008
    Posts: 340

    buick bill
    from yreka;ca

    ten people can build the same car .should all be different , right ? I ask why people did what they did always . cause that's what THEY like . or after seeing they thought they liked !!
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  26. jimgoetz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2013
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  27. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,944


    A drilled axle runs cooler.:D
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  28. There ya go. HRP
  29. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,611


    My drill press and I like DRILLING! LOL Gary:cool::rolleyes: P1130002 (2).JPG 56.jpg
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